The Vintage Elegance Of Rolls-Royce: Exploring A Classic 1930 Phantom On Jay Leno’s Garage

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The Vintage Elegance Of Rolls-Royce Exploring A Classic 1930 Phantom On Jay Leno's Garage
The Vintage Elegance Of Rolls-Royce Exploring A Classic 1930 Phantom On Jay Leno's Garage

In this episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” we delve into the timeless allure of the Rolls-Royce Phantom, a pinnacle of luxury motoring. This particular model, dating back to 1930, is a gem from the prestigious Nethercutt Collection in California, boasting a rich heritage and exquisite craftsmanship.

Crafted by renowned New York coachbuilder Brewster, it stands as one of only 25 examples, distinguished by its elegant town car configuration, blending an open cockpit upfront with a refined enclosed passenger compartment at the rear.

What truly sets this Phantom apart are the intricate wicker-like details adorning its rear doors, meticulously reproduced during an extensive restoration process by a dedicated father-and-son team.

This attention to detail mirrors Rolls-Royce’s ongoing commitment to bespoke craftsmanship, as seen in modern creations like the Phantom Syntopia with its mesmerizing iridescent paint finish.

A Still From Nethercutt's 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom Video From The Jay Leno's Garage YouTube Channel (Credits YouTube)
A Still From Nethercutt’s 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom Video From The Jay Leno’s Garage YouTube Channel (Credits: YouTube)

Despite its substantial 7,000-pound weight and 150-inch wheelbase, the Phantom gracefully maneuvers thanks to its robust overhead-valve inline-6 engine, delivering around 120 hp. Paired with a 4-speed manual transmission, it offers a blend of power and drivability, making it a delight to experience on the road.

Adding to its allure is its Hollywood history, once owned by actress Constance Bennett before finding its way into the hands of a lucky poker player. While it may not match the speed of its Duesenberg counterparts from yesteryears, the Rolls-Royce Phantom embodies the brand’s timeless ethos of prioritizing comfort over sheer velocity.

As Jay Leno and Nethercutt Collection Vice President Cameron Richards explore its opulent interior and graceful ride, they attest to its status as a true automotive icon, revered for its refined elegance and enduring appeal.

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By Annie Linardos

I'm a journalist student and completed my masters in Journalism and Mass Communication. With a strong track record as an intern at Mathrubhumi News and The New Indian Express as a reporter and content writer, I'm creative, motivated, and have a keen eye for the truth and attempting to use the expertise and talents to contribute to the emerging field of journalism. I have also been working as a freelance writer and have the capability of producing interesting and bold articles.

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